Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I thought it was so funny that everyone had a different name for those jigglies under the arm!
The Fourth Gateway: Manage Your Money
I read this chapter while on the stationary bike, so I think I'll have to re-read it to get the deeper meaning. But from what I read, the author writes that money has often been portrayed as being evil, while not having money has been portrayed as being noble (think Robin Hood, Scrooge McDuck...). He then goes on to write that it's not money that's inherently evil, it's what we do with it. He wrote a little story about how he saw something that a celebrity did with their money, and he though it was totally ridiculous. How dare they spend their money like that! But then he realized that the celebrity worked hard for their money and gave much of their earnings to charity... who was he to judge what she did with her money?
So this got me thinking about my own money issues. I used to be totally careless with my money and credit - racking up bills, buying whatever I wanted at that moment, and not planning for my future. Many thousands of dollars later, I have cut down on my spending and really think about my purchases and where my money is going. I am finally at a point in my life where I can easily identify my values and goals (with much help from SparkPeople!) and when I *do* spend my money, I don't feel guilty about it. All this from a book.
So this book is really helping me to be happy about where I am in life right now, while still working toward fulfilling my goals and living life according to my values.
This afternoon is a little bike ride on a trail (I get to try out the new bike and helmet!!!). The forecast says wind, but a little wind won't kill me; it will help me to figure out the conditions in which I can ride comfortably.
Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Pack lunch for Wednesday
Clean the dining room table
Fold laundry from Sunday (yikes!)
Have a super day!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Yes, I *did* mean "bare." Over the weekend I found some focus and a goal. Buff arms for the summer. Instead of dance class yesterday morning, which I only enjoy a little bit, I decided to get in some biking (I did 45 minutes on the stationary bike!) and some great arm strength training. I did a bunch of really good arm stuff, and I'm definitely feeling it today. That's a good thing. My triceps are even sore, which rarely happens. These bingo arms have to go! (*note - Bingo arms are the flab under the arm, named after old ladies who yell out "Bingo!" and swing their arms around in the air while they call out.)
This morning was a little swim (I am doing much better with a 20 minute swim rather than a 30 minute swim - those 10 minutes make a huge difference!) and I could feel the soreness in my upper body. I'm excited that I'm able to do my own workouts at the gym to make my muscles work hard. I think it means I'm mentally tougher and able to push myself harder. Wahoo!
It felt really good to be in control of my day yesterday. It was my choice to go to the gym and do strength training instead of dance class. I feel like the classes at the gym were starting to become a habit (for good or for bad) and I was going because I felt like I *had* to go, not because I really *wanted* to go. Now that the weather is starting to get nice (well, not today, it's raining), I'm really determined to spend more time outside getting some exercise.
Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water (I'm already at 2!)
Pack lunch for Tuesday
Spend quality time with honey (the cleaning can wait until a night when he is at work!)
Give someone a compliment
Have a super day!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
My best friend and I went shopping yesterday at some outdoor shoppes (yes, "shoppes"). It was a beautiful day, I was ready to spend some money (on a helmet and bike rack), and I found a really good place for dinner. I haven't gone shopping with anyone else in a really really long time... I usually like to go by myself so I can try a bunch of stuff on, put it on hold, go back... it gets long and annoying (even to me!). But despite my strange shopping habits, we had a really good time. But I did observe some things that I thought were interesting...
Female salespeople seem to be much nicer to people who are thin; people who are "supposed" to fit into their clothes.
I am much nicer to salespeople now that I am smaller. There was a shop we went into yesterday to look for some shoes - it's a boutique shop, and they sell lots of designer stuff - and the salesgirls were all thin. The funny thing was, I didn't even think twice about it. Usually I'd go into a place like that and think "they must think I'm so fat, I don't even know what I'm doing in here." There was none of that yesterday.
I bought a helmet yesterday at L.L.Bean. It's a Bell with a visor on it. I trust the Bell brand, but something strange happened and I didn't even realize it was strange until this morning. The first question the guy asked me was "what color is your bike?" I answered and he got me a helmet with a visor because I told him I'd be riding on trails. This morning I thought "huh, that was strange. He probably should have first asked me where I'd be riding my bike." I could give a rip what color my helmet is, I just want it to save my life if I crash! Weird.
Didn't get a bike rack yesterday. Even though the guy at LLBean was a little shady (I felt like he thought I was some dumb girl), he did tell me that Thule is coming out with a new trunk rack on May 4th that doesn't use straps, it has a cable system. I checked it out online when I got home, and it looks really cool. He was telling me that it doesn't sway as much and it's much sturdier than a strap system. I think I can wait until May 4th. Until then, I'll take the front wheel off my bike and carefully put it in my back seat.
Today is some stationary bike and strength training. There is a dance class at 9:00, but I am really making an effort to work toward my goal of having muscle-y arms by summer. Focus.
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Pack lunch for Monday
Choose outfits for the week
Put away purchases from yesterday
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Everyday Enlightenment: The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth is the title of the book I started reading. I always thought these "enlightenment" books sounded dumb because of the cheesy titles, but there are lots of Spark Buddies out there right now reading books like this. I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did!
The First Gateway: Discover Your Worth
This chapter was about making choices that are based on what you think you deserve. I don't want to sound all high and mighty, but I *do* make good choices because I *do* believe I deserve good things. I know I'm worthy; this chapter was good to read, anyway.
The Second Gateway: Reclaim Your Will
This chapter just blew me away. The author writes about willpower - to paraphrase, it's not willpower that most people lack, it's focus. Bam. Hit the nail on the head. I couldn't figure out why I was stuck in this little rut on the way to reaching my goals, and lack of focus is exactly my problem. This chapter had a little bit of educational philosophy in it - do one thing, and do it well. Like in education, it is beneficial to learn one thing but learn a lot about it.
The author suggests that we stop trying to do a million things and instead focus on what we really want. I thought "geez, this sounds exactly like me!" I have been running, swimming, biking, yoga-ing, Pilates-ing, dancing, strength training... and none of it has been focused. My goal is to have visible muscles for the summer. While dancing, Pilates, and yoga are great, they really are not contributing greatly to my goal. I need to focus on those activities that are going to help me reach my goal. I have taken enough classes at the gym for long enough that I know which ones I really like and which ones are just kind of "eh."
For instance, I only kind of like dancing. I tried it a few times, and it's just not my bag. And while it burns calories, I'd rather be burning calories on my bike or on my running legs. So instead of spending my time doing something I kind of like, I'm going to start spending my time doing something I *really* like.
Maybe instead of taking three yoga/Pilates classes each week, I'll only take one (because i really *do* enjoy them) until I am close to or at my muscle goal. My goals are certainly free to change, but until then, I need to choose one goal and give it 100%.
"...the best way to get something done is to do it."
Today is a group run, and then a shopping afternoon to get a bike rack and helmet. Yahoo! I am going with a very good friend. I always look forward to spending time with her. She is a great friend and I know I can always count on her. Neat thing about her - she has a beautiful voice, and she just won a trip to Las Vegas in a karaoke contest. How cool is that?
Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Read some more about enlightening myself
Plan next week's workout schedule (based on my recent enlightenment)
Have a super sunny day!
Friday, April 23, 2010
I learned something very important last night. If I have a 6:15 class at the gym, I can just forget about the to-do list. When I come home, I have dinner and veg out on the couch. Good lesson.
This week was a really good week for me. I finished my school work! I can concentrate on my fitness and "ME" goals now. Last night I reflected a little bit on April, and it was kind of a bust as far as my goals. Sure, I did my workouts, but I did not eat very well. I went out to eat too often, I drank too much wine, I had too much takeout on days when I didn't feel like packing my lunch... Next Thursday is my measurement/weigh-in day with my trainer, and I'll be amazed if I didn't gain any weight.
But on Wednesday, it was a new Carrie. I woke up, went swimming, had a super day at school, and came home in a really good mood. It was a little strange to be at the gym and thinking "I don't really *have* to get home for any reason." Nice.
Tonight I'm going to re-vamp my goals (I thought I'd do this last week, but that idea feel flat on its face) for the rest of April, and I'll start thinking about May.
And finally, thank you all for your wonderful encouraging and congratulatory words. I haven't met any of you in person, but that doesn't diminish the support I've gotten from you. There have been days when I wanted to drown myself in Ben and Jerry's, eat brownies until I have to roll into bed, and drink wine like a sot, but I didn't. So thank you!!!
Have a super Friday!
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